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Classic Tossed Salad Recipe
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Classic Tossed Salad

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"This is a delicious salad that goes great with any meal, especially Italian!"

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    30 mins


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the almonds in the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently until lightly browned. When the almonds are beginning to turn, add sesame seeds, and cook 1 more minute, or until seeds are toasted.
  2. In a large salad bowl, combine lettuce with feta cheese, olives, almonds, sesame seeds, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, and Romano cheese. When ready to serve, toss with Italian dressing.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 09, 2004

Delicious. I took this to a potluck and I didn't get enough myself before it was totally gone. I will make this again soon so I can enjoy it. I used a lot of advice from the comments--Paul Newman's balsamic vinaigrette, grape tomatoes, whole olives, sunflower seeds. I packed everything separately for the trip to the party, then quickly threw it together. Very pretty and appealing to all! Thanks for the recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 19, 2008

I made this salad for company and it was OK. i rinsed the lettuce (to clean it) and, as a result, it was REALLY soggy. I should have bought a bag of pre-washed lettuce, but I was too cheap.... I used grape tomatoes instead of cherry ones and cut the larger ones in half. I used Asagio cheese (picked up the wrong package...) and didn't notice a difference. I just used Romaine lettuce. Toasting the sesame seeds and almonds really makes a difference and is worth the extra effort (but I HATE toasting b/c I always burn!). Try this salad with Newman's basalmic. Ok, but not great, probably b/c of the sogginess, but still won't likely make again. Thanks anyways.

Oct 01, 2003

Great salad. I left the dressing off since everyone at our house likes a different type. Fast, easy and very pretty. The red leaf lettuce is a great color booster. I also added cucumbers and chopped ham to make it a meal.

Oct 01, 2003

Really great salad when you want a tossed salad that is different than the norm. The almonds add a nice taste and the romano and feta cheese combo gives so much flavor. I made it for a dinner party and everyone loved it.

Oct 11, 2003

This was a very good salad, and my husband couldn't get enough of it. I have to say though, I found the sesame seeds absolutely horrible. I usually love the taste of sesame, but not with Italian flavors. You MUST leave this out!!! The only change I made was to put in whole jumbo olives rather than slices. I'm not sure if I'd use mushrooms again either, since they got soggy quickly; maybe cutting them chunkier rather than in slices would help.

Oct 01, 2003

Very colorful and delicious salad! I used a garlic italian dressing and left out the sesame seeds (didn't have any at home, and just didn't feel like spending $5 for a little shaker, just to use a couple of teaspoons worth!) I also used whole grape tomatoes instead of slicing the cherry tomatoes. Will definitely be making this one again!

Mar 18, 2003

I brought this salad to a dinner party (my contribution to the dinner meal). It was the best part. I decided to double the recipe and there was none left and the end of the evening.

Aug 19, 2011

Fabulous salad! This is definitely a "Classic" and is perfect for any meal! It's a wonderful blend of vibrant colors and flavors. I made this a little easier on my self and used bagged salad - romaine and spring blends. I added some green olives along with the black and some sliced cucumber. I left out the almonds (personal pref) and added some seasoned croutons for that "crunch". Easy to put together and very tasty!


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  • Calories
  • 204 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.8 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 16.4 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 6.9 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 639 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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